With all of the side effects listed for medications, many adults are searching for alternative treatments for their medical matters. In most cases, a more holistic approach can not only be better for you, but can help your body permanently fight its ailments, rather than covering up symptoms with pills.
While this first treatment may seem obvious, many adults overlook exercise because they feel it is too time consuming. However, exercise will not only help your body get back into balance, but can also make a healthier you in the long run! The question you have to ask yourself is, “Do I want to take time to exercise so I can live a longer, healthier life? So I can have more years to spend with my family, my grandchildren or future grandchildren?”
The fact is simple, a little exercise is better than no exercise. A general goal should be 30 minutes of physical activity every day. However, if you can spend just 10 minutes of walking or strength training a day you can do your body good. From there you can add more time to your work out when you can or overtime continue to work out for longer periods of time. Once you begin to add exercise into your routine, it is easier to stick with it. Too many people get frustrated early because they feel like they need to be doing more, so they quit then, rather than doing what they can, when they can.
2. Chiropractic Care
Many only see a Chiropractor once there is a problem, rather than keeping their body in balance regularly. With regular Chiropractic treatments, you can help prevent joint pain, back pain, heart burn, headaches, stress, sickness and so much more. Keeping your body properly aligned boosts your body’s immune response, improves sleep quality and helps your body achieve balance, which then rescues stress and anxiety.
Of course if you are in pain, seeing a Chiropractor should be at the top of your list, before you try any home remedies which could worsen the issue or painkillers to cover up the symptoms.
3. TENS Units
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. This unit is a small machine with 2 wire leads that will send a gentle electrical current to a specified area and treat pain by contracting muscles. While these units used to only be found in doctor’s offices and were quite large and cumbersome, smaller cell phone sized units run on lithium ion batteries are now made for home use.
The great thing about these units is you can use them for many types of pain and at any time you have pain. Depending on the area to treat there are different sized electrode pads to place on or near the affected area, or shoes for foot and leg pain. The unit essentially activates the body’s own pain fighting system and unlike medication is essentially risk free from injury or side effects. Many people find that with regular use, their pain is eliminated and with continued use, prevents future pain.
4. Home Health
Treating your body right from the beginning is very important. Poor lifestyle choices can lead to further stress on your body which can bring on pain or worsen current pain. Some general practices to follow to keep healthy include:
Eating a balanced diet.
If your diet doesn’t contain fruit, meat and vegetables, your body will lack important vitamins to keep your immune system in check and your muscles functioning properly.
Proper posture while sitting and occasional stretching will prevent neck, back, shoulder and hip pain.
Always drink 1-2 liters of water a day. Drinking lots of water prevents constipation and keeps your muscles functioning optimally.
Regular stretching keeps your body more mobile so you don’t have pain from stiffness. In addition to general stretching, Yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates can strengthen muscles while proving a calming effect.
5. Essential Oils
Boosting the body’s natural immunity will reduce inflammation, insomnia and stress. Young Living has a variety of pure essential oils that all have uses for helping your body along its natural path. Items like peppermint aid in acne, constipation, viruses, headaches, muscle cramps and much more. There are a slew of articles to tell you what oils are best with home remedies. In addition, there are essential oil blends directed to a variety uses from stress relief, to memory support, motivation and immunity. These oils are fairly directly named, so if you aren’t sure what essential is best for what you want to target, blends are a simple way to go.
You need to be careful in choosing a brand, as the FDA does not regulate essential oils. Many claim to be 100% when in fact the oil is a mixture of many more items, diluting the health benefits in order to make the item less expensive. Be sure to check the ingredients, if you are buying a pure Lavender oil there should only be one ingredient, Lavender.